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Jun 15, 2011 08:54 AM

50th Birthday Dinner in Raleigh area

I turn 50 next week and my wife wants to take me out for a great dinner. We live in Fuquay Varina so downtown Raleighis really pushing the boundries for a Tuesday night. Apex-Cary-Morrisville are all closer for us. Enjoy steaks, seafood, sushi, Asian, Mexivcan, Not looking for fine dining or really nice, but casual and comfortable is much more appreciated than stuffy. We have eaten at the Peak City Grill in Apex so trying something different is cool.

Peak City Grill & Bar
126 North Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502

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  1. Poole's Diner is pretty easy from FV . Doesn't fit exactly in the main categories you posted but you could easily find something from their menu, and has a nice vibe to it even for a 50 year old.

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    1. re: Jesco

      I love the food at Poole's, but the atmosphere much less so (and I'm not 50 yet). I find it excessively noisy and nearly impossible to hold a conversation. A Tuesday night might be quieter. You can't go wrong with the food there, though.

    2. I think your best bets are going to be in downtown Raleigh. Poole's is just as the others have mentioned - awesome food but can be a bit loud. Other options downtown might be Zely & Ritz or Dos Taquitos Centro. If you don't want to venture into town, Lucky 32 in Cary is decent.

      Lucky 32
      7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518

      Zely & Ritz
      301 Glenwood Ave Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27603

      1. Rey's on Buck Jones in Cary - you get the same steaks as Ruth's Chris with some added Cajun flair on the menu, less stuffiness, and it's cheaper.

        Also in Cary is An (pan-Asian fusion), which I'd recommend. It's on Weston behind the Ruth's Chris.

        I haven't yet been to the Bavarian Brauthaus at the corner of Tryon and Cary Parkway but I've heard good things about it from a lot of folks.

        Edit: Just remembered Babymoon Cafe in Morrisville. I've had their food at catered events but haven't gone to the restaurant but what I've had was tasty.

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        1. re: Leadmine

          Have you found a place? I have a friend from Cary who's a big foodie... I'm never out that way but I know she could give me a good rec if you are still in need!

          1. re: BriMar

            still undecided so bring them on

            1. re: countgrog

              I would also suggest 18 Seaboard or J Betski's and then a side dessert trip over to Krispy Kreme for a hot doughnut with ice cream and chocolate sauce drizzled over them.

              18 Seaboard
              18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

              J Betski's
              10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

              Krispy Kreme
              2706 Watson Blvd Ste A, Warner Robins, GA 31093

              1. re: Jesco

                Wow, Jesco, I think you've been spying on me. That exact trip is one of our favorites. Only differences - sometimes we'll do apps at the bar at Betski's, then move over to 18 Seaboard for dinner. Also, I skip the add-ons to the KK's. There are enough calories there already and I've never cared for soft serve.

                18 Seaboard
                18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

        2. Turns out someone gave me a $50 gift card to the Capitol City Chophouse so we ate there. Pretty good but I perfer Angus Barn. I can not complain about the price with the card plus they gave me a free piece of key lime pie.

          Angus Barn Restaurant
          9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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